America's Cup 2021: How Team NZ's new boat stacks up against history

As Team NZ launch their latest state-of-the-art boat to defend the America's Cup next March, it's worth reflecting on how far the racing craft have come over the event's history.

Computer animator Ian Taylor - the man behind the event's 'virtual spectator' graphics - has produced a short video that illustrates the vast technology developments since the origins of 'Auld Mug' in 1851.

The schooner America took out the first race around the Isle of Wight, finishing eight minutes ahead of its nearest challenger. The crew later donated the trophy to promote friendly competition among nations.

Obviously, times have dramatically changed. 

Back then, America represented the very best technology available, weighing about 100 tonnes and reaching a top speed of six knots, about 11 kph.

Team NZ's latest creation Te Rehutai is similar in size - perhaps a little narrower and a little taller - but tips the scales at only 6.4 tonnes and reaches speeds of more than 50 knots (92 kph).

Of course, America didn't have foils either.